Summer puts colour back in our wardrobes
They said nude was the new black but now that the sunshine's arrived, the big summer fashion story is colour -- and lots of it.
Marks & Spencer yesterday rolled out its high-summer fashion looks with a virtual colour wheel of shades and spicy hues, perfect for barbecues and al fresco dining.
Singer-turned-model Danii Minogue has become an influential style icon along with George Clooney's former girlfriend, Lisa Snowdon. Anything they wear on M&S TV adverts, like the pocket friendly blue dress below, sells out in record time.
Irish shoppers are not to be outdone and customers here are swopping notes on where to track down favourite Hero products by posting messages on the M&S Facebook site.
"The exchange of information is quite something and proves that if an Irish woman wants to track down a favourite dress, she will make it happen," said one Facebook fashionista.
Littlewoods Ireland yesterday unveiled looks from its autumn-winter 2010 collection which goes on sale from June 26. The catalogue company has seen 70pc of its business shift to the internet. The ladieswear collection includes lots of great knits -- the bigger the cables the better. This summer's favourite leather clogs morph into very cute short boots and debs dresses have Hollywood style and red-carpet bling.
Dubliner Paul Costelloe put the spotlight on Irish men with a new wardrobe of casual classic pieces called Green aimed at making men more smart-casual at weekends. The emphasis is on knitwear and outerwear. If Irish blokes step up to the temptation, they'll be going to rugby matches looking a lot smarter and more European.
Park the boring blacks and greys and make way for olive greens with accents of purple. Paul also gives men's waistcoats a sexy twist and drags them a million miles from grandad's favourite piece of clothing .